$12 - Doors 10:00PM - All Ages at Comet Ping Pong
Pylon Reenactment Society (Athens, GA)
The band Pylon is considered to be one of the most influential bands at the beginnings of what would become known as the “Athens, GA music scene.” 30 years ago, Pylon, along with The B-52’s and R.E.M., were heavily featured in the original feature documentary, "Athens, GA: Inside/Out," which propelled them into the international spotlight. Pylon was every Athens, GA band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing simultaneously hitting the listener on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Fronted by Vanessa Briscoe (now Briscoe Hay), whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners, Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley. Pylon was, and always will be, Hay, Bewley, Michael Lachowski, and Curtis Crowe.
Pylon Reenactment Society was created in 2014 when local Athens’ musician Jason NeSmithwas in charge of the music committee for the first annual Art Rocks Athens, an event exploring the connection between the art and music scene in Athens between the years 1975-1985. He approached Hay about performing a short set of Pylon songs (all four members had attended Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA). NeSmith’s band, Casper & The Cookies, had already recorded and performed with Hay as Supercluster. The response was very positive. The following year found PRS opening for Fred Schneider (of The B-52s), touring with Dressy Bessy, and performing shows in conjunction with the release of Pylon Live. What started as a one-off gig transpired into a tight, touring unit. In addition to Hay and NeSmith, PRS is rounded out with Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Damon Denton on keyboards (Big Atomic), and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.
PRS released a 6-song EP, "Part Time Punks Session," on Chunklet Industries in October of 2017 to rave reviews! Creative Loafing gave it a 4 Star review saying, "From the first 30 seconds of opener 'Feast on My Heart,' Hay’s signature growl retains the infectious force that helped enshrine the Gyrate track in the post-punk canon. Though the rest of the band members weren’t actually in Pylon, they faithfully revive the interplay between its original member as jagged guitars, dance-floor drum rhythms and mammoth bass erase the lines between punk and disco. Released via Chunklet, 'Part Time Punks Session' may generate renewed interest in one of Athens’ most venerated but perpetually underground bands, while convincing longtime fans that the Pylon Reenactment Society charts a fresh and faithful course."